Almost exactly halfway between the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar and nearby hangout the Highball resides the South Austin Gym, and for one night a year, the numerous nerds in attendance for Fantastic Fest make their way into this, an honest-to-goodness exercise establishment, in order to witness the exchanging of both barbs and blows at the Fantastic Debates.

Local comedian Owen Egerton once again played the part of emcee, promising "some sweaty, violent love here tonight" and flanked by podiums to the left and a boxing ring to the right. Each bout involved a formal debate, complete with rebuttals, followed by two rounds of proper fisticuffs while a proudly drunk crowd roared loud in support.